Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

100-day streak

Every day you have something to say. Why? Everyone experiencing life every day, in the end, must have something to say. A life worth living is an experience worth telling. Today, it is my 100-day of posting every day. What have I tried to say for the last 100 days?

Misplaced goals

What if you invest in a goal to advance your career which nobody cares about and sees the way you do? The outcome seems obvious. A delusion. You haven’t done anything wrong except misplacing your goals.


I asked my daughter if she believed “cold” exists. She said yes, and I told her that, in fact, there’s no such thing as “cold.” Cold is the absence of heat. Then, she said something unexpected.

If time doesn’t stretch, what does?

As I was designing my day, there was so much I wanted to accomplish this week and I don’t know how to fit it all. I wanted time to stretch, but how could I do it without defying the second law of thermodynamics?

Thoughtful writing

Why would an audience understand the real value of research through a Tweet, with a limited number of words? Maybe yes, maybe not. I think there’s a better way.

Are 800,000 years enough?

Why would nature give us the intelligence to understand its dynamics, while destroying itself, simultaneously, because our lack of using the intelligence given? Though question to understand?

Slow down

Is there anything more enjoyable and rewarding than a silent and refreshing moment of pause? Slow down. What we learn is how to achieve greater awareness of our surroundings.

Were we prepared for the digital revolution?

One of the most important lessons I learned while doing my Ph.D. was to take good care of preparing anything from an experiment to a presentation. When technologies emerged like the iPhone and iPad, I was fascinated and embraced the workflow they provided. But was I prepared for what came next?

Minutes of your life

This past Sunday I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts, the only social media platforms I interacted with. Why?

Learn to avoid having your brain hacked

Companies building apps are – literally- hacking your brain. Have you noticed? Me neither.